Little voices saying big prayers

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s always the reset I need right before the hustle and bustle of Christmas really gets into high-gear, and in the spirit of thankfulness, here are a few things I’m extra grateful for this year.

Coffee
“Don’t ever let anyone tell you that fairytales aren’t real. I drink a potion made from magic beans every day, and it brings me back to life.” Every morning my daughter wants to play princesses, and this quote from Nanea Hoffman pops into my head. I tell her, “One-minute sweetie, what does Mommy need first?” When she cheerfully screams, “Coffee!!!” I know all is right with the world. Thank God for magic beans!

Puppy love
The love of a good dog is hard to beat, and we’re fortunate enough to be blessed by the love of two great girls. Dixie and Millie are such a light in our lives and are there to selflessly help us through the ups and downs of our days. Not only do I turn to them, but I found that our kids do the same thing. They come home from school and scream “Hi girls!” while they bounce around the kitchen for licks and hugs, and when someone has a hurt feeling these sweet pups are usually on the front line for love and support.

Gumbo
Being originally from New Orleans, I have a particular affinity for Cajun food, and gumbo is my favorite. Growing up I probably ate it at least twice a week, but now that I live in Texas, the opportunity to chow down on a good bowl of gumbo is a bit more rare. However, every Thanksgiving, my mother-in-law makes a huge pot, and, believe you me, it’s worth the wait. She has perfected her recipe and makes it with lots of love... just to smell it brings me right back to my roots, and it’s one of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions.

Little voices saying big prayers
As we tuck our little ones into bed the very last thing we do together is to say our prayers. They’re small voices reciting a memorized prayer, and daily blessings are among the highlight of any day. Kids have a way of being rigorously honest, whether you like it or not, and their personalized nightly prayers of thanksgiving could be anything from sparkle unicorns to hockey games… but they are always straight from the heart.

Fuzzy slippers
“Pat the Bunny” was my favorite book as a little girl, and in it were the cutest pair of fuzzy bunny slippers. I was hooked on them immediately and thus began my life-long obsession with fuzzy slippers and comfy pjs. You can find my current pair stowed perfectly by the side of bed ready to slip in and out of at a moment’s notice… unless our dog Millie has conveniently decided to relocate them of course.

Family
Of course I’m thankful for my family, but this year it means even more because Thanksgiving happens to fall right smack-dab on my husband and I’s 10-year anniversary. We were married on November 22, 2008, and I feel so blessed and proud to be standing by his side all these years later. We’ve added kids, dogs, houses, jobs, and who knows what else, but thankfully we’ve done it all hand-in-hand. Sometimes we squabble, but we always snuggle, and it’s hard to fight and share a pillow.

To everyone, I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving. Being even a small part of your week is an honor, and I hope you all have a wonderful week, and cheers … it’s Christmas-time!

Jordan Schupbach is a mother of three living in the Fulshear area. She blogs at www.lattesandliving.com - sharing the good, the bad and the frenzied.

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